April 12, 2018
Richmond Center for Visual Arts
room 2008 at 5:30 p.m.
Mark Chatterley is known for life-size figurative sculptures that are often grouped in interlocked arrangements to create animated negative spaces. These are decorated with a lava glaze surface, developed by Chatterley. His figure sculptures are hand-built from slabs, working from the ground up 6-8 inches at a time, often taking several weeks to complete. These are each bisque fired in his monumental kiln. They are then glazed with his own crater glaze and re-fired to create the blue, gray, brown and green lava-like surfaces that are typical of his work. He created this glaze to evoke the feeling of age and decay. Chatterley began his career throwing pots. He soon felt limited by the shapes he could form on the wheel. When he returned to Michigan State University, where he had earned his BFA, to pursue an MFA, he began working on his characteristic hand built technique.